Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Organizations that change, grow. Organizations that won’t change, won’t grow. That’s because growth is change. By its very definition, growth takes place when things change, and only when things change. Different organizations need to change in...
4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader's Heart

4 Passionate Desires of a Good Leader's Heart

I completely agree with Ken Blanchard, author of Lead Like Jesus, that the greatest leader in all of history is Jesus. My faith convictions about him being the Son of God and Savior of the world aside, his organization should have died long ago if judged only in...
Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

Great Leaders Are Great Listeners

What qualities does a great leader possess? Talent? Charisma? Confidence? Typically, great leaders are smart. They’re good connectors. They’re good decision makers and, even more importantly, decision managers. In most of our thinking about great...
Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Why There Should Never Be Another Bored Christian

Some of the best advice I received when we first started planting Grace Hills came from Todd West, who planted Oasis Church in North Little Rock. Todd said, “Don’t give people positions. Give them a project. Then, give them another project. If...
The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

One key? Is that even possible? Many of the books I’ve read and the speakers I’ve listened to have listed out way more than one key. Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success offers 17 Principles of Personal Achievement. Grant Cardone teaches about a dozen...
8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

It’s great to be “pouring into” people. That’s a popular phrase in today’s leadership environment. I’ve used it because I like the word picture of it. Whatever I may have learned about life and leadership, I’m supposed to be passing along to others. But...

The Power of Brutally Honest Self-Evaluation

I don’t always like the truth. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with truth. It means there’s something deficient in me. What I do like… is comfort. I like to feel like things are okay. And there’s at least a 70% chance...
Why You Can't Seem to Manage Your Time

Why You Can't Seem to Manage Your Time

Time management. Of all the people I know who ever focus on this concept, only a small handful are confident that they’re doing it well. Most of us feel out of control. We feel that our specialty is time mis-management. Why is this so? I believe it’s...
Success Is Never About Defeating the Giants

Success Is Never About Defeating the Giants

I love the story of David and Goliath. If you want to read it, it’s all found in 1 Samuel 17. Even if you’ve heard the story a hundred times, there are still little obscure details that thrill me when I come across them. David stumbles into the camp, and...
Every Church Staff Team Needs a Little Bit of Friction

Every Church Staff Team Needs a Little Bit of Friction

Eliminate friction!! That’s the goal most of us have when it comes to leading a team, or a church, or a company. But what if friction is actually the key to getting things moving in the right direction. I’m currently in the thick of learning from Todd...